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Two Guatemalan home gardeners holding Parasicyos maculatus, an indigenous Cucurbitaceae species whose root is used for rat poison.
Photo by: Werner Orando, Universidad San Carlos, Guatemala.  Copyright International Plant Genetic Resources Institute 2004. All rights reserved.

Author:  Rafael Saade & Rafael Colin, 1991
Family:  CUCURBITACEAE
Origin:  Mexico
Soil:  Mix 
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  12 Centimetres or more
Height:  4 meters
Flower:  Greenish-White
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  By mistake?: Parasicyos dieterlea
This monoecious member of the Cucurbitaceae was described by Rafael Lira Saade & Rafael Torres Colin in 1991. It is found in Mexico. In needs a well drained soil, some water and some sun. The caudex is large, and the vines will climb for four meters.

The genera name from Latin para; 'near' and Greek sicyos; 'cucumber' for the apparent affinity with the genus Sicyos, another member of the Cucurbitaceae family. The species name for Jennie van Ackeren Dieterle; 1909-1999, an US-American botanist at the University of Michigan Herbarium and Cucurbitaceae specialist.

Other genus: Parasicyos maculatus Dieterle 1975, from Guatemala. Used for rat poison.